Wilson to be dealt at the GM Meetings? The Tigers, Dodgers and four others teams have made inquires about Pirates short stop Jack Wilson. One source believes Wilson will be dealt at the GM meetings (Dec 8th ‚Äì Dec11th) but I‚Äôm kind of skeptical despite the Pirates aggressively shopping Wilson. Pittsburgh needs a MLB ready shortstop coming the other way and the Pirates are still looking for a 3-1 swap which has turned some teams away. The Tigers, Blue Jays and Dodgers have shown the most interest. Talks with those teams and others will heat up in the next couple weeks.
The Pirates asking price continues to be very high for Jack Wilson and the Dodgers, a team that has shown interest in Wilson since the trade deadline continue to balk at the Pirates demands according to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reports the Pirates asking price is young shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and two other prospects. These are the same demands the Pirates had at the trade deadline in talks with the Dodgers. If the Pirates demands don‚Äôt come down, Wilson will be in a Pirates uniform¬†when spring training¬†begins.¬†Wilson is set to earn $7.25MM in ’09 and has a $8.4MM option for ’10 with a $600K buyout. For a look at teams interested in Jack Wilson, check out “The Pirates Rumor Chart”
The Pirates have signed Indian pitchers Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh according to Yahoo Japan. The two signed minor league contracts and will participate in the Pirates‚Äô minor league camp next year according to the report. The two pitchers were spotted by MLB scouts through a contest Scouting Report courtesy of EastWindupChronicle “Singh, a 6-2, 195-pound left-hander, throws 89-90 mph with a split-fingered changeup. He continually tinkers with different breaking balls. Patel, a 5-11, 185-pound right-hander, throws 91-92 mph with a circle changeup. Patel says he‚Äôs the conservative one of the two, leaving the experimenting to Singh.”
Jack Wilson SS Pittsburgh Pirates is drawing interest from up to 5 teams Interested: Det, Tor, Bal, CLE, LAD, ATL? The Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays have shown significant interest in Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson. The Tigers and Blue Jays have made plays for Wilson in the past and both teams have held talks with the Pirates. The Tigers could be the front runner to land Wilson and they are also believed to be interested in reliever John Grabow. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports Pirates would like to acquire Marlins catcher Matt Treanor and then trade him to Detroit along with Wilson. If the Giants fail to land Rafael Furcal, a source indicates the Giants may join the Wilson sweepstakes.
This talk of the Braves being out of the Jake Peavy sweepstakes is being a bit overblown. The New York Post is reporting the New York Yankees are prepared to make A.J. Burnett a offer that could be worth $80 million over five years. This comes on the heels of the Yankees making an initial offer to pitcher C.C. Sabathia in the range of $140-145 million over 6 years. The Red Sox have also joined the Burnett sweepstakes According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs are close to re-signing Ryan Dempster to a four-year contract. The deal is believed to be in the range of $52 million. As expected the Baltimore Orioles have begun their pursuit of Maryland-born first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Washington Nationals have been in on Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez. The addition of outfielder Matt Holliday hasn’t stopped the A’s from buildingRead More »
The Latest Rumors from Day 1 3:00 p.m. MLB Free agency is not like NHL free agency where all of the big names are gone in the first two days. There is even talk that Mark Teixeira may not sign until December. 12:57 p.m.Juan Rivera on the Pirates radar? Indications are the Pirates have interest in former Angels outfielder Juan Rivera. In 89 games last year Rivera hit 12 home runs – 45 RBI’s. Rivera has been injured the past couple seasons but he still has some good baseball left in him. 12:50 p.m. The Nationals are really creating a lot of buzz today. They are believed to be prepared to make a pitch for Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and even Manny Ramirez. (In that particular order) 12: 43 p.m. The Orioles are believed to be prepared to offer A.J. Burnett a four year deal in the $58 – $60Read More »
1. LAD LF Manny Ramirez 37 HR – 121 RBI .332AVG Interested: LAD, NYY, SF, WAS TOR, BAL, NYM For the Short term there is not a better hitter on the market than Manny Ramirez. At age 36 Ramirez is going to find it difficult to get the 4-5 year contract he wants. The Dodgers have currently made a 2 year offer worth 45 million. They are willing to go three years but it remains to be seen whether they will go four years. Sleeper Team:Washington Nationals 2. MIL P C.C. Sabathia 17-10 2.70 Interested: NYY, LAD, NYM, LAA, SF, MIL, BOS The Yankees are expected to make a 6-7 year offer worth $150 million. No one will match that. Sabathia expected to garner significant interest from the Dodgers and Angels. Sleeper Team: Milwaukee Brewers Latest: Reports indicate there is pressure from the Union for Sabathia to accept the YankeesRead More »
The Steelers have not confirmed a report from Profootball talk that Marvel Smith will undergo another surgery on his back which will end his season. Smith is exploring all his options right now. Smith‚Äôs back injury has been much worse than the Steelers coaching staff has made it out to me. The San Diego Chargers will throw early and often against the Steelers. The Chargers will look to attack Steelers cornerback William Gay who will make his first NFL start. Fernando Bryant is vying to be the Steelers #3 cornerback this week. LaMarr Woodley remains a bit limited with his calf injury but did practice today. Woodley should play in Sunday‚Äôs game. Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, and Hines Ward all practiced today. Ben has thrown the ball well the past two days in practice.